Guitar lessons – group guitar lessons vs individual guitar lessons

Guitar lessons, in our International Centre for Musical Arts «EVA», are available to anyone who is interested in them. Our guitar teacher Jasmina Dragićević has been teaching guitar for over twenty years, and her students have achieved numerous successes.

She primarily has been holding individual guitar lessons, in music school or private guitar lessons. Ms Jasmina also has a license for group guitar lessons and has many years of experience in this field, with different ages.

In this text, she will try to answer your most frequently asked questions related to these two forms of guitar lessons.

Group guitar lessons – adventages and disadventages

Group guitar lessons have been popular in our country for the last ten years. The reason for that first of all lies in the fact that learning

  • takes place with socializing,
  • the price of a class is more affordable and
  • mostly popular music is played.

This kind of teaching is suitable for those who do not have high expectations in terms of progress in playing, but expect socializing and basic knowledge of playing the guitar.

Group guitar lessons

The disadvantage of such guitar lessons is that the teacher does not have many opportunities to dedicate himself individually to each student. Their progress mostly depends on their personal ability to follow the lesson and quickly adopt the material.

It is necessary for the student to be fast, careful and prone to easy adoption of the material. As in any group teaching, the pace of work is subordinated to the group itself and the abilities of the students and their ability to follow the pace of teaching.

Individual guitar lessons – adventages and disadventages

Individual guitar lessons or any other musical instrument have been the standard for centuries in music learning, and for very strong reasons. Many components are important with learning an instrument, from:

  • setting up the instrument,
  • through learning the notes, developing the technique,
  • tone,
  • musical memory and
  • musical phrasing.

In individual classes, the teacher is completely focused on the student with whom he works. That allows him to adapt to the student, send and influence the pace of his development and help in all the parameters of playing. In this way, progress is much faster and easier because all problems are easily noticed and worked on directly.

Individual guitar lessons

This is far more difficult, almost impossible, in group guitar lessons.

The disadvantage of such guitar lessons is that the student is alone with the teacher, which, if the teacher is good, is not exactly a disadvantage. 😊

Guitar lessons – the ideal age to start playing an instrument

In Music schools the practice is for a child to start guitar lessons at the age of 9. It can be often 8 or even 7 years old if the child is mature enough and able to attend classes. It is desirable for him to know how to read and write letters in order to learn notes more easily. But as individual teaching is in question, as we have already said, the tempo is adjusted to the child and there are exceptions.

When to start playing an instrument?

If the child is of smaller build, it is recommended to begin with playing on a smaller instrument. Younger children start the preparatory class first and do not take the exams that are graded. They receive a descriptive grade as an excellent first stimulation and confirmation of their success.

Private guitar lessons – are there more girl or boys?

Earlier, the guitar was considered to be an instrument for boys, but today it is equally popular among boys and girls. In fact, every year more and more girls play the guitar.

The guitar is said to be a young instrument, why?

The guitar in its current form developed relatively late compared to other instruments. Classical guitar and acoustic guitar get their final, modern shape in the middle of the 19th century, and electric guitar appears in the 20th century.

The classical guitar is a very young instrument. In Serbia, the systematic learning of guitar playing began with the appearance of Jovan Jovicic, who is considered the father of the guitar in the 1950s.

Today, the guitar has become one of the most sought-after instruments in music schools.

Private guitar classes at home or private guitar school (where children have the opportunity to take exams and participate in concerts) – what is more effective?

Motivation is very important for learning the instrument, as well as regular attendance and practice. At school, children have exams and performances, they have a goal to which they aspire.

Classes are held twice a week, which enables continuity in playing and practicing and regular monitoring of progress by teachers.

Performances and exams are of great importance. They teach students how to deal with nervousness when appearing in public, which will make it easier for them to answer at school and generally bring self-confidence in every form of public appearance.

Performances and exams are of great importance

In addition, concerts are an opportunity to socialize, share with others what has been learned and are a very stimulating part of learning the instrument. HERE you can read more about this!

In the first private International music school “Eva music”, you work according to the ABRSM method, which contains elements of sight reading from the first grade of the elementary music school. Why is it important for learning?

Learning the instrument is extremely stimulating for the overall development of the child.

  • Both hemispheres of the brain are engaged,
  • attention,
  • concentration and
  • intelligence are developed.

To read the notes from the sheet, the student must already have an acquired sense of where his tones are on the instrument and, looking at the notes, recognize the note, connect it with its place and play it without looking.

Benefits of reading the notes from the sheet

This is a great exercise for the brain, and at the same time, overcoming this requirement greatly facilitates the process of learning composition. Whoever learns to read notes opens up the possibility for him to be able to play everything that is written in notes, any music in question.

  You can read more about the ABRSM program HERE.

What are your tips for motivation with exercising the guitar? How many times per week should we exercise an instrument?

It is very important that the student is not given more than what he can do at home. Knowledge must be built gradually, and in that, homework should follow them.

Continuity is very important, and daily exercise is recommended, for beginners and recreationists at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. The older the students and the greater the demands and desire to progress, the higher the daily exercise schedule.